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Thursday, June 27, 2013

"I Do" The Movie

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As U.S.-based bi-national same-gender couples teeter on the brink to say those magic words, a conversation with I Do director Glenn Gaylord and writer/star David W. Ross, with a scene from their film featuring Ross, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, and Jessica Tyler Brown (interviewer: Vash Boddie; producer: Steve Pride).

And in NewsWrap: recognition of foreign same-gender marriages fails in Australia; Russia adds adoptions ban to growing anti-gay record; Ljubljana, Zagreb and Shanghai celebrate Pride; Brazil's anti-rights Rights chair moves to make gays and lesbians sick again, "ex-gay" group now just an ex-group, and more news reported by Pamela Brooks and Michael Allan (produced by Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending June 22, 2013

SUMMARY

Thumbs Down Under - Australia's Senate soundly rejects a proposal to recognize the legal marriages of same-gender couples performed overseas, and South Australia lawmakers are likely to reject a state marriage equality bill …

Tightening the Noose - Russia's Duma bans adoptions by unmarried foreign same-gender couples, and a staggering fine could crush Coming Out St. Petersburg, the city's leading LGBT advocacy group …

Eastern Stars - Pride parades peacefully in Ljubljana and Zagreb, while an anti-gay assault on Poland's only "out" legislator mars an otherwise pleasant Pride day in Warsaw …

Pride in Context - political turmoil in Turkey threatens Istanbul Pride, while activists in Sofia bow to official concerns about violence and cancel their march …

Shanghai Five - this year's 5th annual Shanghai Pride Festival – even without a parade – is "bigger and better" than ever …

Who's Crazy Now? - Brazilian Congress' oxymoronically named Human Rights Committee votes to reinstate the definition of homosexuality as a treatable disorder or pathology …

Ex Marks the Spot - one of the world's leading "cure through therapy and prayer" peddlers, the U.S.-based Exodus International, exits the industry …

DUMBA - the usual rightwing Christian group suspects sign a joint declaration vowing to defy any marriage equality-supportive ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court ….

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Gay News" As History & Tony Stars


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The venerable 70s to 80s UK LGBT newspaper's then-Features Editor Keith Howes talks about his new YouTube series of archival gems with Sydney, Australia correspondent Barry McKay.

Acceptance speeches from Larry Kramer and Billy Porter light up the "gayest ever" 67th annual Tony Awards.

Plus: a pair of Rainbow Minutes find the spirit of Prides past.

And in NewsWrap: bigotry unanimous in Russia's Duma, murderous homophobes stalk French streets, Nepal LGBT group gets belated government approval, trickle of relief for partnered U.S. queer service members, Harry saves gay soldier from infantry, and more news reported by Wenzel Jones and Michelle-Marie Gilkeson (produced by Steve Pride).

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Monday, June 17, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending June 15, 2013

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Unanimously Bigoted - Russia's parliament votes 436-0 to outlaw "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," which if eventually signed by President Vladimir Putin will effectively ban public expressions of support for LGBT rights across the country, a move swiftly condemned by global human rights groups …

Backhands to Backlash - a few shirtless men who oppose already-enacted civil marriage equality disrupt the French Open tennis finals, but in a far more serious demonstration of growing homophobia in the country, five suspects with ties to an ultra-nationalist group face manslaughter charges in the brutal bashing murder in Paris of promising 18-year-old student and gay activist Clemenet Meric …

Cash for Diamonds - after a 7-month delay while founder Sunil Pant and his Blue Diamond Society were ostensibly being investigated for corruption, Nepal's leading LGBT rights group finally gets its charity license renewed …

Chowder, Dogs and Sushi - U.S. professional basketball player Jason Collins stands "out" in Boston's annual LGBT Pride parade, record crowds celebrate Motor City Pride in downtown Detroit, and an estimated 400,000 hit the streets of West Hollywood for that city's annual festivities …

Fairer Fight - partnered U.S. lesbian and gay military personnel will get some of the benefits of their heterosexual peers starting September 1st, and a New York Congressman pushes legislation to make the past sexuality-based dishonorable discharges of gays and lesbians honorable …

Royal Ally - Britain's Prince Harry saves a military subordinate from an almost-certain gay bashing ….

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Lawrence v. Texas 10th Anniversary

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A look back at the June 2003 U.S. Supreme Court sodomy ruling puts the present in perspective. Our coverage from the time features: Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund Legal Director Ruth Harlow; Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance President Roger Wedell; Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, Robert Knight of the Culture & Family Institute, National Clergy Council President Rev. Rob Schenk, and televangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell; Kate Kendall of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Jennifer Pizer of the San Francisco-area Lambda Legal office, and openly-gay San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano; litigants John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, their local attorney Mitchell Katine, and venerable Houston activist Ray Hill.

And in NewsWrap: U.K. marriage equality gets Lords' blessing; Evangelical Lutherans in America choose gay indigenous bishop; Germany's highest court orders tax equity for same-gender couples; Pride parades in Changsa, Sao Paulo, Salt Lake City and Tel Aviv; arrests finally made in the 2009 Tel Aviv LGBT youth group killings; and more news reported by Michelle-Marie Gilkeson and Charlie Bauer (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending June 8, 2013

SUMMARY

Praise the Lords - Overwhelming approval in Britain's House of Lords of the "Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill" in its second reading, following full approval in the House of Commons, all but assures its ultimate passage, so the Church of England abandons its efforts to defeat the measure and says it will now work to "improve it" …

Two in One - the 4-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elects Reverend Dr. R. Guy Erwin of Southern California as its first openly gay and first Native American bishop …

Follow the Money - Germany's highest court rules that tax laws that treat same-gender couples unequally are unconstitutional …

Wǒ Yǒu Yǒng Qì - Changsha, a city in central China's Henan province, hosts about 80 brave activists at what organizers call the largest-ever public demonstration for LGBT rights in the country's history …

Para o armário, nunca mais! - more than a million people celebrate in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo at what's billed as the world's largest LGBT Pride event …

Choose the Right - supportive Mormons and unauthorized uniformed Boy Scouts highlight the annual Pride march in Salt Lake City, Utah …

New Pride, Old Wounds - record crowds celebrate Pride in Tel Aviv, while speakers reflect on the breaking news of arrests in the horrific 2009 shooting spree at the Israeli city's LGBT center …

"Serena Morena?" - 59-year-old Mexican soap star Sebastian Ligarde tells a national magazine that "I'm gay, and I say this with pride" ….

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Union Cup & Lara's Scout Oaths

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Europe's gay ruggers take the pitch for the Union Cup in Bristol, UK with BCFM's ShoutOut host Mary Milton and her station compatriots Cheryl Morgan, Natalie Newbury and Paul Davis on the scene.

California State Senator Ricardo Lara vows to defeat youth group bias by targeting the tax exempt status of discriminating organizations like the Boy Scouts of America.

Plus: the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer rants against the "Boy Sodomizers of America."

And in NewsWrap: Nigeria's Jonathan pressured to sign world's worst anti-LGBT law, first French gay couple makes it legal as violent protests persist, marriage equality stalls in Australia and Illinois, rights marches make history in Croatia and the Ukraine, and more news reported by Jason Proctor and Tanya Kane-Parry (produced by Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending June 1, 2013

SUMMARY

No Peace, Less Progress - Nigeria legislators pass what could be the most draconian anti-LGBT laws in Africa – if not the world …

Felicitations - the first gay couple legally weds in France, but violent opposition continues …

Pre-Election Jitters - there'll be no marriage equality vote in Australia on June 6th as expected …

Triskaidekaphobia - the Illinois House ends its spring session without voting on a bill that had been expected to make it the 13th U.S. state with marriage equality …

Lots of Kolaci - 400 would-be brides and grooms march for equality in conservative Croatia …

Maiden Voyage - Kyiv hosts prominent foreigners and brave local souls at the first-ever Pride parade in the Ukraine …

Russian Winter - dozens of arrests mark unsanctioned rallies for LGBT rights in Moscow …

Not Laying Down - a small demonstration in Georgia demands the prosecution of those responsible for leading the violent disruption of a small LGBT rights rally in Tblisi in mid-May by tens of thousands of ultra-conservative religious fundamentalists …

Balls in the Air - Jallen Messersmith becomes the first still-playing mens college basketball player in America to come out, and formerly retired but newly-acquired L.A. Galaxy Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers becomes the first openly gay man to play in a professional U.S. team sport [with brief stadium introduction] ….

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